Agent says Man City outcast could join Man Utd ‘as a free agent for £1-per-week’

Dimitri Seluk, agent of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, says his client could join Manchester United this summer “as a free agent for £1-per-week”, reports the Manchester Evening News. His quotes come after Toure accused City manager Pep Guardiola of racism towards African players.

The 35-year-old has spent the last season on the periphery, making just one Premier League start, and racking up more minutes in the League Cup and Champions Leaguer group stages. Toure suggested Guardiola’s decision to leave him out of the squad was racially motivated.

He previously said to France Football: “Maybe us Africans aren’t always treated the same by certain people. When you see the problems (Pep) has often had with African players, everywhere he has been, I ask myself questions.

“He’s too intelligent to be caught. He’ll never admit it (not liking Africans). But the day he picks a team with five Africans in, I promise I will send him a cake!”

It appears Toure can’t wait to get out of City after spending eight years with the Sky Blues, racking up a total of 316 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 129 goals. The midfielder’s agent has since touted him out to every top-six club in the Premier League.

Seluk told sport24: “Yaya has received many offers from different countries, big money offers, but we have decided to devote the next season to Guardiola. To proving to the Manchester City fans that Yaya is not finished with football. He is full of strength and energy and wants to play in England this season.

“At a time when English clubs are spending huge sums of money on players, I officially declare that Yaya is ready to move to any top-six English club as a free agent with a salary of £1 per week. As long as a success-based bonus system is in place.

“I think a player like Yaya would be good for a club like Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United, Tottenham or Liverpool. Yaya is a winner.”

Manchester United may have considered a move for Toure in the past, but they’re unlikely to make an approach for the Ivorian international now. With Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and new-boy Fred in the engine room next season, manager Jose Mourinho may be happy with his options.

If Seluk’s suggestion that Toure would be open to joining any top English side for a miniscule salary, a move to Old Trafford may not be so far-fetched. It seems unlikely, however.

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